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Alaska Tribes, Advocacy Groups File Lawsuit Over Rejected Ballots

August 24, 2022 - 6:25pm

An Alaska Native tribe, the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska, the Native American Rights Fund, and an international law firm filed a lawsuit in Alaska’s Superior Court on Tuesday against the Alaska Division of Elections and officials for discounting defective ballots without allowing voters time to fix minor deficiencies.

BIA Announces Tribal Tourism Grant Program

August 24, 2022 - 2:17pm

Tuesday, Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Bryan Newland announced that the Indian Affairs Office of Indian Economic Development is now accepting applications for its Fiscal Year 2022 Tribal Tourism Grant Program. 

Saint Paul Public Schools Unanimously Supports Smudging in Classrooms

August 24, 2022 - 12:40pm

ST PAUL, Minn.— The Saint Paul Public School Board (SPPS) voted unanimously on Tuesday to support a new policy that allows Indigenous students to smudge in schools. 

Cherokee Citizen, Rep. Markwayne Mullin, Wins GOP Nomination for US Senate in Oklahoma

August 23, 2022 - 9:51pm

U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), a tribal citizen of the Cherokee Nation, is poised to become the first Native American Senator since Colorado Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell retired in 2005.

EDA Awards $1.5 Million for Tribal Tourism 

August 23, 2022 - 8:39pm

WASHINGTON — The United States Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced that it is awarding more than $1.5 million in grants to two entities that serve tribal communities.

Native Bidaské with Reservation Dogs Actor Elva Gurerra

August 23, 2022 - 1:34pm

On this past weekend’s Native Bidaské (Spotlight), Native News Online’s Neely Bardwell and Kristen Lilya welcomed Elva Gurerra to the show. 

North Dakota’s Voter ID Law and the Native Vote

August 22, 2022 - 5:15pm

North Dakota is the only state in the nation without some form of voter registration. All an eligible voter needs to do to cast a vote on election day is provide acceptable identification, such as a state or tribal issued identification card that includes a physical address within the voting precinct. 

Tribal Business Round-up: Aug. 22, 2022

August 22, 2022 - 3:43pm

This week’s Tribal Business News round-up looks at new funding opportunities around broadband access in tribal communities, whether legislation to assist Native farmers and ranchers will cut it, details on new tribal business acquisitions, and how a long-planned commercial project expects to move forward with new federal grant dollars.

Native News Weekly (August 21, 2022): D.C. Briefs

August 21, 2022 - 12:12am

WASHINGTON — In addition to articles already covered by Native News Online, here is a roundup of other news released from Washington, D.C. that impacts Indian Country during the past week.

FEMA Releases First-Ever National Tribal Strategy

August 19, 2022 - 6:51pm

For the first time in its 43-year history, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released a national strategy to address its responsibilities when preparing for and responding to disasters on tribal lands.

Two Indigenous Candidates Advance in Wyoming and Alaska Primaries

August 18, 2022 - 6:47pm

Two Indigenous candidates vying for seats in the U.S. House won primary elections this week in Wyoming and Alaska, earning them a chance to be the first Native women to represent their respective states in Congress. 

Artist Bunky Echo-Hawk Faces Second Charge in Child Abuse Case

August 18, 2022 - 6:07pm

Indian Country artist Walter Roy “Bunky” Echo-Hawk Jr. (Pawnee Nation/Yakama Nation) faces a second felony charge in a criminal child abuse case originally filed against him earlier this year in the District Court of Pawnee County in Oklahoma.

Interior Announces Availability of Tribal Broadband Grant Funding

August 17, 2022 - 9:17pm

Federally recognized tribes can apply for the Department of the Interior’s 2022 Tribal Broadband Grant Program that helps federally recognized tribes to expand or develop their internet capabilities.

Biden Signs Inflation Act into Law, Paving Way for $720M in Tribal Funding

August 17, 2022 - 8:32pm

President Joseph R. Biden on Tuesday signed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) of 2022 into law, which includes more than $720 million for Tribal communities to support climate resilience and adaptation initiatives, lowering energy costs and transitioning to clean energy, and affordable and expanded health care.

Navajo Code Talkers Museum Breaks Ground, Builds Anticipation

August 15, 2022 - 10:45pm

On Sunday, the 40th annual celebration of Navajo Code Talkers Day was especially sweet, as the Navajo Code Talkers Museum (NCTM) broke ground in Tse Bonito, New Mexico. 

Tribal Business Round-up: Aug. 15, 2022

August 15, 2022 - 6:29pm

This week’s Tribal Business News round-up examines how the record year for tribal gaming wasn’t felt evenly throughout Indian Country, as well as new legislation to improve mortgage lending to Native Americans, and details on a handful of tribal economic development ventures and new acquisitions.

Native News Weekly (August 14, 2022): D.C. Briefs

August 13, 2022 - 11:06pm

WASHINGTON — The biggest news out of the nation's capital this week was the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) that passed both houses of Congress. It passed the U.S. Senate last Sunday and the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday. It is expecated to be sigend into law by President Joe Biden within days. Read about its impact on Indian Country here.

US Park Police Intrude on Association of American Indian Physicians’ Induction Ceremony

August 12, 2022 - 9:23am

During the last weekend in July, U.S. Park Police disturbed and interrupted an induction ceremony for the Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP) in Lafayette Square, Washington D.C.

Famous Dave’s Restaurants Sell for $200 Million

August 12, 2022 - 1:50am

Quebec-based MTY Food Group announced Tuesday that it is buying Minnetonka, Minn.-based BBQ Holdings Inc., the parent company of Famous Dave’s, for nearly $200 million. 

‘Largest Investment Ever’ on Climate Change Passes Senate, Including $272.5 Million for Tribes

August 11, 2022 - 2:13am

The U.S. Senate on Sunday passed the Inflation Reduction Act, which aims to lower emissions contributing to climate change, bring down prescription drug prices and address inflation.